Swing ‘n’ Country Dance Club

 HappeningsOctober 21,2008


Dedicated to the Promotion of Couples Style Country and Swing Dancing

Leah  Noparstak,  President

This issue   by Judi T.


Final October session of West Coast Swing – 10/22

Carlos Garcia, along with Alisa Winkler, will complete their West Coast Swing program on Wednesday, October 22.  For those who have enjoyed these past weeks, we hope you’re proud of your new found coolness on the social floor. 

Note:   There is no SNC lesson on the fifth Wednesday in October.

Carlos and Alisa will be teaching again this month at X Dance on Friday, October 24.

new: Nightclub on Wednesdays  in November

Jill Popovich will be teaching Nightclub in November.  This dance is a favorite, especially among the amorous.   It provides the opportunity to be creative and romantic with slow and stirring music.  Jill, a former physical therapist and a current Pilate’s instructor, can show you how the use of body mechanics will make you look absolutely eloquent in this dance.

As always, you can save registration time by downloading the  form for a monthly package or single lesson and having it ready at the door.


When:           Wednesdays, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26                                              

Where:           The Centre at North Park

Beginner:                     7:30 – 8:25 pm


Intermediate:               8:35 – 9:30 pm


November Dances

When:    Friday, November 7
Where:  The Centre at North Park                                                                                        

Nightclub  lesson with Jill Popovich
Doors Open                 
7:15 pm
7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 pm – 12:00 am

Featuring:                    Sadie Hawkins Dance with half-   
                                    price admission for gentlemen

DJ:                               Matt Cotherman


When:    Friday, November 21

Where:  The Centre at North Park                                                                                      

Two Step lesson with Carlos Garcia

Doors Open:                 7:15 pm

Lessons:                       7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Dancing:             9:00 pm – 12:00 am

Featuring:                    Harvest Dance collecting

                                    donations for “Toys for Tots”

DJ:                               Ken Dillard


new: Winners of the 50/50 Raffle Benefiting Junior Diabetes Research Foundation

The JDRF 50/50 raffle held at the October 17 dance generated $250.00.    Congratulations to our winners:   

1st  Place

50/50 $125.00

Bobbie Nunez

2nd Place

Free Month of SNC Lessons

Paul Daugherty

3rd Place

Free SNC Dance

Frank Paleczny

Thanks to all who participated.

new: Our Web Site

The SNC Web site continually gets updated.   Check it out for Club news, fun photos and links that will let you know of various dance venues.

new: Tips from Wikihow


Enjoy dancing. Dancing is about release of inhibitions, letting your body melt into the rhythm and feel its own way around the dance floor. Let go of all your thoughts and worries and just be there for the music - your body will do a lot of the work for you if you let go of self-consciousness – those steps you’ve practiced will come a lot easier too.”



  • Let us know of Country or Swing Events you want posted in Happenings.
  • View the Swing ‘n’ Country three-month calendar.
  • modified: Date of the next Board Meeting:  November 10.

Early Bird Cutoffs

SNC’s Holiday Dinner Dance:  November 15, 2008

Other Chicagoland Happenings:

modified: October 24:  Friday.  X Dance holds a dance at The Centre at North Park 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131.  Doors open at 7:00 pm. An intermediate West Coast Swing lesson will be given by Carlos Garcia and Alisa Winkler at 8:00 pm.  General dancing runs from 9:00 pm until midnight with Ken Dillard as your DJ.  (map)

October 25:     Saturday.   The Chicago Rebels will hold a dance at The Centre at North Park 10040 Addison Ave. The pre-dance lesson is from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm with Nancy Tuzzolino. Open dancing will follow until midnight. (map)

October 25:  Saturday.  Brian Wong, editor of Chicago Dance News, hosts a Double Dance at Ballroom City, 207 Villa Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois 60181.   Both Swing and Country music will be played.   Double Dance is held the on the last Saturday of each month.  (map)

Show me that move again?

Join ghosts and goblins dancing at Chicago’s favorite Swing Party.

Modified: October 31 – November 2:  Swing City Chicago.  Westin, Lombard, Illinois.  (map)

We’ll be setting our clocks back this same weekend which gives us a whole extra hour to dance, dance, dance!

Contact Leah or Julie for reserving a table with your Swing ‘n’ Country friends.  (details)

November 14:  Friday.  X Dance holds a dance at The Centre at North Park 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, IL 60131.  Doors open at 7:00 pm, with a lesson at 8:00 pm.  General dancing runs from 9:00 pm until midnight. Please note that this is the only X Dance event in November.  (map)

November 15: Saturday.   The Chicago Rebels will hold a dance at The Centre at North Park 10040 Addison Ave. The pre-dance lesson is from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm with Carlos Garcia.  Open dancing will follow until midnight. This will also be the Fourth Annual Playa’s Ball. (map)

November 15:  Saturday.   Heart Sole Dance sponsors a “Thanksgiving” Dance at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, IL 60457.    Following a Hustle lesson at 8:00 pm, there will be general dancing until midnight.  (map)

Mondays:  Maren Oslac  teaches West Coast Swing at Diamond Dancesport, 7767 W. 96th Place, Hickory Hills, IL 60457.   Beginner class at 7:00 pm.  Intermediate at 7:45 pm.  (map) (details)

Mondays:  Jill Popovich teaches Pilates in Arlington Heights starting at 7:00 pm.  Pilates will help dancers of all levels learn to move their bodies more efficiently, resulting in smoother dancing, longer endurance, and more flexibility. You will feel better too!  Contact Jill to learn more or for directions to the class.

modified: Wednesdays: SNC Wednesday lessons feature Jill Popovich teaching Nighclub in November.

modified: Thursdays:  Maren Oslac teaches a four-week series of Two Step classes through the month of November at Heart & Sole Dance Studio, 7038 183rd St., Tinley Park. Two Step 101 begins at 7:00 pm, and Two Step 102 at 8:00 pm.  (map)

Thursdays:   Bootscoot Bootcamp will be offering a six-week West Coast Swing class at the Health and Fitness Club located at 3098 Falling Waters Boulevard, Lindenhurst, Illinois, 60046.  Class starts at 7:10 pm beginning October 6 through November 6. Call 847/535-7500 for registration. (map)

Thursdays: Jon Serletic begins a four week beginner/intermediate West Coast Swing class at Two Left Feet Studio, 605 East Ogden Ave. Naperville, Illinois, 60563. The classes run from October 23 through November 13.   Call 708/430-5875 or e-mail Jon to learn more. The first class is called “Doing Cool Moves the Easy Way.” (map)

Competition Corner

modified:    Results from Boogie by the Bay, held 10/9 – 10/12 are now available.

Out-of-Town Happenings

modified:    November 13 – 16:  Dallas Dance Festival.  Sheraton Grand Hotel.  Irving, Texas. This is a UCWDC sanctioned event. (details).    Swing ‘n’ Country has “Don’s Girls” and “Hania’s Turquoise Team” attending this one.

modified:    November 28 - 30:  C.A.S.H. Bash.  Hilton Garden Inn.  Twinsburg, Ohio.  Brought to you by Cleveland-Akron Swing and Hustle Club. (details).   This event would be a great road trip after those Thanksgiving dishes are done.   Dance your mash potatoes and gravy right off!

modified:    November 27 – 30:  US Open Swing Dance Championships.  Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, California.  MC is Robert Royston. The best of the best will be competing here!   (details)

Save These Dates:


December 5:  Friday.  Home for the Holidays, Swing’n’Country’s annual Holiday Dinner Dance.  Centre at North Park, Franklin Park, Illinois.  (details)

December 67:   Parker Dearborn and Jessica Cox.  Workshops sponsored by May I Have This Dance , Chicago, Illinois. 

December 12 – 14:  John Lindo.  Workshops, Second Anniversary Dance, and Holiday party, hosted by Genesis Dance Club, Hickory Hills, Illinois.  (details)

December 29, 2008Jan 4, 2009 Worlds XVII Country Dance World Championships.  Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, Florida. (details)

January 2 – 4, 2009:  Spotlight Dance Challenge, New Year's Event.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  SNC will be sponsoring a table.  Contact either Leah or Tobi to reserve a spot at our Club’s table.

January 23 - 25, 2009:  Mario in Chicago.  Friday-Sunday workshops.  DanceMasters sponsors a whole weekend of our favorite Swing Daddy, Mario Robau.  Centre at North Park, Franklin Park, Illinois. 

February 20 – 22, 2009:   Dance Camp Chicago presented by our own Swing ‘n’ Country Dance Club. Download the flyer to learn more. (registration form)

March 13 – 15, 2009:   The Chicago Classic returns. More information will be coming soon.

April 23 – 26, 2009:   Swing Dance America 2009. Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Lots of workshops, lots of open dancing, competitions in both Swing and Hustle in two ballrooms.

Swing N Country Dance Club

Swing N Country Dances and Lessons are held at The Centre at North Park, 10040 Addison Ave., Franklin Park, IL

  Map to The Centre at North Park.

Membership is $20.00 per year per person; $15.00 per additional person at the same address;
$5.00 per Student


Wednesday Lessons


First Four Wednesdays of Each Month

Doors Open at 7:15





Members  $30.00 Monthly   $10.00 Weekly

Students  $20.00 Monthly  $5.00 Weekly

Non-Members  $40.00 Monthly   $13.00 Weekly

Minors (15 and under)  Free When Accompanied by Paying Adult


Friday Dances


First and Third Friday of Each Month

Doors Open at 7:15




Lesson, Student $2.00

Lesson, Adult  $4.00



Students $3.00

Members $6.00  

Non-Members $12.00


Mailing Address:  Swing N Country, PO BOX 59508, SCHAUMBURG, IL  60159-0508

847-638-7621 THAT’S 847-638-SNC (ONE)



Questions? Please contact any board member.

SNC hotline 847/638-7621 for class status and other information

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